The 2014 movie Interstellar features a dying Earth in the year 2065. Blight is affecting crops globally, there is no solution to the blight, no new technology, and apparently no animals. Nothing it seems can be done to save the dying planet or its inhabitants. Religion doesn’t seem to feature in the movie either as a means of salvation, or as excuse for mankind’s imminent demise.A former NASA test pilot called Cooper is eking out a living farming, when he appears to receive a message providing map coordinates. Cooper explores and discovers an active NASA location where a few scientists remain seeking a new home for mankind on other planets, which have been detected on the other side of a black hole.
Cooper is invited by NASA to pilot a final mission through the black hole. The job comes at a price as Cooper, who is a widower, has two children. There is the possibility that if he accepts the mission then he may never see his children again. There is the possibility of failure, but there is also the possibility of success. But even with success there is a potential problem because of the time it will take to reach and explore the planets, and the fact that time passes more quickly on the other side of the black hole. This means that if Cooper makes it back to Earth, his children may be older than him by the time he returns.
Even in the movies great sacrifice is always required to save humanity. When we look around our world, and especially when we see what we see on our television screens, it would be easy to believe that humanity needs saving, mainly from humanity. But humanity has been saved already in the greatest sacrifice of all. The problem is that most of humanity does not know or accept that salvation came in the form of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago.
The question for those who do know about salvation is what would we be prepared to do to bring the possibility of salvation to those who live in ignorance of salvation? Go to church? Don’t we do that already? Pray? Don’t we do that a couple of times a day already? What change needs to happen in us before we get to spend each waking moment seeking God, conversing with Him, and interacting with those who need salvation? What are we prepared to sacrifice to save the world?
So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”
He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go (Acts 1:6-11 NLT)